"One of the best improvising cellists in the UK" The JazzMann
Hello and Welcome!!
I hope you are well and safe!!
Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, I am not currently performing live.
Please scroll down for some music from various projects which will be back out there as soon as it is possible!!
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Long Story Short
'Long Story Short' is my debut album out now on 33 Jazz records.
'Fascinating listening, and thought-provoking entertainment for the open-eared"
The Arts Desk
'..as a cellist-composer she morphs seamlessly from Stephane Grappelli like swing and Bird-like bebop...
a charming kaleidoscope and jazzy showcase of her global folk music-inspired compositions'
' a superb set - a sound world that is at once rooted in the ancient and traditional musics that it draws from in an utterly contemporary manner that also incorporates modern jazz.
This is an exceptionally strong leadership debut from a lady that I'm sure we are destined to hear much more from.' Jazzviews
'..some of the most inventive use of the cello I’ve heard for some time.'
Kind of Jazz
'Smarts playing is particularly remarkable..'
My piece 'Palmyra' is a 3 part suite written in memory and tribute to the Syrian City destroyed by ISIS in 2015. It features on the album 'Donna's Secret with the Interchange Dectet, and is available here
Robert Mitchell/Shirley Smart Duo
Duo album with Robert Mitchell on piano has finally been recorded!!! Featuring works by both Robert and myself, and also some of Roberts very powerful poetry. More news later!